With the grand reveal of what London's 24 hour tube map will look like, we decided to take a look at what it means to a city and it's nightlife using the prime example of Berlin. With it's 24-hour U-Bahn on weekends (and 21 hour during the week) Germany's capital is amongst the most accessible in the world with regards to nightlife. So, sit back, relax and try to stay awake for your stop as we explore Berlin by night.
As you may well expect, Berlin has a varied and vibrant nightlife, cooking up a party atmosphere for those looking to stay up well past their bedtimes and a smorgasbord of entertainment for everyone else. Regardless of what stop your hotel is on, you'll be able to justify the underground ride home with what's on offer.
Starting with the obvious night with handbags, gladrags and dancing shoes galore there are an abundance of places to dance the night away in this fair city. Whether it's a club you're after or something a bit more tame, you won't have to do much compromising here. For a little of what you might expect from Germany - lively techno/dance music - head to the Watershed in Kreuzberg. Sat on the River Bree, this stylish club makes for a rather unique night out with it's water floor offering stunning river views and it's terrace doing the same for the city skyline. A great place for a midweek rave or to see the sunrise on a weekend morning, this place will most likely wear you out.
For something a bit different, take a step back in time for a classic night out. Guys, throw on your best braces and ladies dig out your feather boas as you have a very 20s night out at the Boheme Sauvage where you'll do the Charlestone as it was intended (or at least try to!). Enjoy some traditional drinks and even a few spins on the roulette wheel on what you can at least claim to be a very classy night out, even if you don't treat it as such!
Music is big here and you'll soon find that out from wandering the streets looking for your next pit stop. In particular, there exists a strong jazz following with live music on almost constantly throughout the evenings. We recommend the A- Trane Jazz Club which almost always has a line-up of popular bands and musicians set to play. You may have to be quick to get in, but it'll almost certainly be worth it if this is up your street. Again, live music is on offer with the spectacular Berlin Philharmonic and if you're in the area it's always worth seeing if there are live performances. They are considered one of the world's best with good reason.
It's not all music and dancing of course. Berlin has a healthy selection of late-night, open-air cinemas to be enjoyed. Screens like those at the Rehberge cinema show a range of films from cartoons, to classic German cinema, to the biggest Hollywood blockbusters under the stars to in excess of 1,500 people at a time. Deck chairs, late-night picnics or just a way to see out the night, however you spend your evening at the flicks, it'll be pretty special under the stars.
Indecisive? No problem. Hedge your bets and head to the district around Hackesche Hofe and Oranienburger Strasse for a rewarding choice of nighttime activities. This hub of excitement is one, big open-air party in the right parts, but is just as hospitable for those wanting a culture-filled evening, a simple stroll under the lights or a late-night meal at one of many fine restaurants. Did we mention it's also a mere one stop away from Berlin's oldest dance bar - the Ballhaus?
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